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rocky
2 days ago

Amazing trail. Not easy. Very rocky, very steep. The falls at the end are stunning. 10 stars.

Tough trail! Very rewarding though. Saw some cool rock faces and vista views. Deserving of a hard rating but a good time.

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rocky
scramble
washed out
3 days ago

Great trail! Definitely some very steep sections - went after we got a lot of rain so crossing the falls to continue the trail would have been very difficult.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
4 days ago

Hiked on May 24, 2020. Recent rainfall in the area definitely had an impact on the trail. We hiked it from Jones Gap up Rim to Coggins to Cold Spring back to Jones Gap. The beginning of the trail was extremely overgrown and wet. Be prepared with extra gear at the end of this thing. The top of the mountain was nice and open with plenty of cool breezes and sun. Then it goes to hell from there. Just as you crest over the top you enter into the rhododendron cave and start your trek across the face of the mountain. I kid you not. This narrow, wet, dangerous trail is no joke and do not go on it if you are afraid of heights, water crossings, or high water crossings. Leave plenty of time to cross this area. We cruised up the mountain in an hour, but it took us over 3 hours to cross the face. Lots of narrow switchback type portions that you have to watch or you will wander off into the great nothing. Water, water, water, water, water, mud, water. If you don't like that, don't go. The trail is carved out of the jungle and if you don't like tight spaces this is not for you. You will get out of it although I have probably screamed more colorful metaphors towards the end not knowing where the end was. The rest was a cake walk and downhill almost all the way to Jones Gap again. Trail ended up around the 13.4 mile mark which took us about 7.5 hours and we are slow. Be super careful because if you fall of this thing know one will ever find you again.....ever...

Amazing view. Very worth the effort. It does get steep.

Nice trail that was overall pretty simple. We went clockwise around the lake and the south side was pretty steep. From the dam look across the lake and up the mountain to see the waterfall feeding the input stream. Plenty of parking and easy access.

Great trail! This was our first time hiking this and with a group of five, we made it through successfully. It was a bit strenuous at times but such a beautiful trail. Thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it!

Accidentally found this trail since Jones Gap is only taking reservations on the weekend, saw the latest review that it’s open. Got there in danger of turning back again due to limited capacity. A family happen to be on their way down to their car so the ranger let us in.. Very strenuous but so worth it..

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail, will take longer for water breaks . Some steep steps and tight paths, so take your ibuprofen early if you have bad knees like me. Follows water for much of the trail. The waterfall at the end is a great reward for toughing it out, stay for a while to re-charge your batteries for the hike back down.

Great trail, especially great since access doesn’t require going in to Jones Gap officially due to limited capacity right now. Second hike of this trail for me. Today, my brother and I took my 3.5 year old and 5.5 year old nephews, and boy are they champs. Not for the faint of heart, but a great climb, fantastic view worth the 900 ft of elevation gain in about a mile. Enjoy!

hiking
12 days ago

Love this hike. You may have to carry a small dog over some streams, but a great time and beautiful falls.

Great trail. Difficult. Easy to lose the trail. Had to backtrack twice. Not really dog friendly unless your dog can scale a steep 10 ft ladder. I went counterclockwise to Jones Gap and did the loop taking Coldspring Branch Trail , and the connector trail back to Caesars Head. Saw 3 black bear. 12 miles total

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful tall falls. Bucket lister. Beware it is Rocky and Steep! Follows water in many places and multiple water falls along the way. Amazing trail work.

Very beautiful and well marked trail. The lake is small but a gem to behold. This trail is marked as moderate I guess due to some steep sections but it is quite amenable for kids and beginner hikers. This nice hike is very accessible and easy to find and really a cool getaway for anyone living in the Greenville/Spartanburg area.

We did this little 1.6 mile loop in 51 minutes. Overall quite easy trail. The large pond is beautiful. We stopped often to admire the flowers and wildlife. Saw a few little snakes. We did this on a Saturday and there were about 5 cars at the trailhead. I've really enjoyed the Heritage Preserve trails!

Nice trail. Confusing w/o the map. Beautiful lake! and waterfall (off in a distance).

Just posted an alternate point-to-point route from upper Persimmon Ridge since Oil Camp is currently closed (assuming it will open next week with other parks). This was a great route & gave us a chance to find another waterfall. Also explored around old Camp Spearhead, which was a cool additional loop.

Very rocky trail. Nice pond and stream.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This trail gets very difficult, at times basically climbing. Hard but definitely worth it. Smooth walk, steep climbs. Also- the top of the waterfall is the best.

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